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    Stanley Abe
  • Stanley Abe

  • Associate Professor of Art and Art History
      • Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708-0766
      • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Smith Warehouse Bay 9, Room A289, Durham, NC 27708
      • Phone: (919) 684-2487
      • Email:
      • Office Hours: Friday 2:00–3:00 and by appointment
  • Overview

    Stanley Abe has published on Chinese Buddhist art, contemporary Chinese art, Asian American art, Abstract Expressionism, and the collecting of Chinese sculpture. He is now writing a narrative account of how Chinese sculpture came into existence as a category of Fine Art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Education

    • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 1989
    • M.A., University of California at Berkeley 1984
    • B.A., University of California at Berkeley 1981
  • Awards and Honors

    • Fellowships for University Teachers. National Endowment for the Humanities., 2007
    • Franklin Grants. American Philosophical Society., 2007
    • Shimada Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in the History of East Asian Art for the book Ordinary Images. Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, Kyoto, Japan., 2004
    • Fellowships for University Teachers. National Endowment for the Humanities., 1997
    • Summer Stipends Awards. National Endowment for the Humanities., 1992
  • Professional Activities

    • Service to the University
      • Director of Graduate Studies. Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. 2016 - 2019
      • Office of the Provost. Academic Priorities Committee. 2016 - 2019
      • Graduate School. Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty. 2014 - 2016
      • Office of the President. University Priorities Committee. 2010 - 2012
      • Director. MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. 2010 - 2011
      • Director. Arts of the Moving Image. 2008 - 2012
      • Arts & Sciences Council. Executive Committee. 2008 - 2010
      • Arts & Sciences Council. 2007 - 2011
      • Duke University Press. Editorial Advisory Board. 2002 - 2008
      • Director of Graduate Studies. Department of Art and Art History. 2002 - 2003
    • Service to the Profession
      • Member. Academic Advisory Committee. Tate Modern Research Centre: Asia. 2016 - 2019
      • Member. Academic Advisory Committee. Tate Modern Research Centre: Asia Pacific. 2013 - 2016
      • Reviewer. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. American Council of Learned Societies. 2013 - 2015
      • Member : Editorial Board, Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review. 2011 - 2016
      • Editor in Chief and Chair of the Editorial Board. Archives of Asian Art. 2010 - 2018
    • Presentation
      • Locating World Art, Again. World Studies: Approaches, Paradigms, and Debates. University of Hong Kong. 2016 - 2016
      • Discussant. "Dredging the Deep End: Expanding the Parameters of Chinese Art History". Annual Meeting, Association for Asian Studies. 2016
      • Sculpture: A Comparative History. Asia Art Archive. 2016
      • Sculpture: A Comparative History. Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. 2016
      • Copies and Duplication in Chinese Sculpture. Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong. 2016
      • Copies and Duplication in Chinese Sculpture. New Perspectives on Buddhist Visual and Manuscript Cultures of the Silk Road. Georgetown University. 2016
      • Moderator and Respondent. "Modernities in Korean Art" workshop. Nam Center for Korean Studies and History of Art Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 2016
      • Convernor, "Dislocations: Remapping Art Histories". Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific. Tate Modern. December 2015
      • Bringing Asian Art to Berlin. Museum of Asian Art. August 19, 2015
      • Eduard von der Heydt and the Museum Rietberg. Museum Rietberg. August 16, 2015
      • Necessary Fictions: Imagining Sculpture in China. Museum of East Asian Art. August 14, 2015
      • Osvald Sirén and Stockholm. Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. August 11, 2015
      • Problems of Small Northern Wei Stele from Shaanxi in Foreign Collections. Art, Archaeology and History: New Horizons in Researching and Rethinking Images. National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University (Shanghai). November 2014
      • The Copy in Chinese Buddhist Images. February 12, 2014
      • Innumerable Contexts. December 30, 2013
      • Moving Buddha: Imagining Sculpture in China. November 10, 2013
      • Necessary Fictions: Imagining Sculpture in China. November 10, 2013
      • Imagining Chinese Sculpture. June 5, 2013
      • Moving Buddha: Chinese Sculpture and Global Modernity. May 14, 2013
      • Moving Buddha: The Discovery of Chinese Sculpture. April 18, 2013
      • Earliest forms of Buddhist Imagery in China. October 19, 2012
      • The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture. October 17, 2012
      • The Early Silk Road and Beyond. October 12, 2012
      • Discussant for “The Reception of Antiquity” Conference. September 28, 2012
      • Sculpture in the Golden Age of East Asian Art Collecting. March 16, 2012
      • Discussant for "500 Luohan" Workshop. February 18, 2012
      • Discussant for Symposium on the Conservation and Display of Buddhist Art. February 1, 2012
      • The Modern Moments of Chinese Sculpture. Silberger Lecture. Institute of Fine Arts. 2012
      • Moderator and Discussant for “Buddhist Art: Objects and Contexts”. November 10, 2011
      • The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture. November 6, 2011
      • Rockefeller Collecting: China and Beyond. October 17, 2011
      • Discussant, "Art and Material Culture of the Northern Qi Period" symposium. June 4, 2011
      • Discussant for panel “Revisiting Alexander Soper,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Honolulu. April 3, 2011
      • Order and Things: The Transformation of Chinese Objects into Sculpture. March 16, 2011
      • Order and Things: The Transformation of Chinese Objects into Sculpture. March 10, 2011
      • Duplicating and Reproducing Chinese Buddhist Sculpture. Department of Art History and Archaeology, Seoul National University. 2010
      • Moving Buddha, Making Sculpture. Department of Art History and Archaeology, Seoul National University. 2010
      • Order and Things: Art History and Chinese Sculpture. Institute of Art History, University of Glasgow. 2010
      • Déjà Vu Once Again: Old Collections and New Discoveries from Shaanxi Province. Institute of East Asian Art History, Universität Heidelberg. 2010
      • A Modern Taste for Chinese and Japanese Art. Forgotten Japonisme: The Taste for Japanese Art in Britain and the USA, 1920s–1950s. Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity, Nation, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 2010
      • Order and Things: Art History and Chinese Sculpture. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 2010
      • The Fuxian Style Once More. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 2010
      • Déjà Vu All Over Again: Old Collections and New Discoveries from Shaanxi. University of Chicago. 2010
      • Locating World Art. Asia and Europe in a Global Context. Universität Heidelberg. 2010
      • Duplicates in Chinese Stone Sculpture. New Research on Buddhist Sculpture. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 2010
      • Circa 1909: Moving Japanese and Chinese Sculpture to the United States. Circa 1909 Symposium, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln. 2009
      • Figures of China—Transnational Perspectives. Global History and East Asia conference. Duke University. 2009
      • China and Japan in Early Rockefeller Collecting. Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity, Nation, University of the Arts, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. 2009
      • Discussant for panel “Bringing Chinese Art to the West: Duanfang and an Early 20th-Century Network of Dealers, Collectors, and Scholars”. Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta. 2008
      • Locating World Art. (World) Art? Art History and Global Practice. Northwestern University. 2008
      • Introduction and discussant at the preview for the exhibition "Treasures Rediscovered: Chinese Stone Sculpture from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University". 2008
  • Selected Publications

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